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Belgium installs its seventh king, Philippe I

BRUSSELS — Prince Philippe became Belgium’s seventh king during a national holiday on Sunday after his father, Albert II, abdicated as the head of this fractured nation.

Belgians shouted ‘‘Long live the king’’ Sunday to welcome their new monarch to the throne . But several legislators from northern Flanders boycotted the coronation, highlighting longstanding feuding between the nation’s Dutch-speaking Flemings and Francophones — the biggest challenge the new monarch will face.

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